The most magical place in Japan is closing down

If you’ve ever been to Disneyland or Disneysea, you’ll know that Disney’s theme parks have a certain magic about them. I remember reluctantly following my family to Disneyland a few years ago, grumbling about the fact that I had outgrown theme parks—and Disney—years ago. That stance was changed the moment I stepped into the park, however. The music, the rides, the pop-up stores, and of course, the glorious parades all make for a truly magical (albeit expensive) experience.

But as it turns out, that magical experience isn’t exempt from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has announced that all schools in Japan are closing down for one month, while graduation ceremonies have also been cancelled (or shortened)—all in the name of containing the COVID-19 outbreak. Some of the major tourist attractions that are being closed down as a result, are Disneyland and Disneysea.

According to Jpinfo, the government has been warning against gatherings of large numbers, which hasn’t happened since the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. If you can read in Japanese, you can view the press release here. In short, the theme parks will be reopened on the 16th of March, with ticket holders advised to request for refunds.

This comes amidst advice from the Japanese government to companies for their employees to work from home. Additionally, those that need to head to work, should be allowed to have flexible hours in order to avoid rush hour public transport commutes.

As of this morning, the 28th of February 2020, Japan has a recorded 214 cases of the coronavirus, with deaths reported. That makes them the 5th most affected country, with the overall cases amounting to 82,756. 2,814 deaths have been confirmed, with 49 countries afflicted. 33,268 of these patients have made full recoveries.

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Additionally, Disneyland in Shanghai has also been temporarily closed down, along with Hong Kong Disneyland. However, it appears that unlike Japan, there aren’t dates set for reopening at the moment.

On the local front, 23 cases have been confirmed as of this morning, with 22 patients making recoveries. The latest confirmed case concerns an individual who has recently travelled to Japan.

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